2011 February
Focus on... Board/Owner Relations

2011 February The New Jersey Cooperator's Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo

 The New Jersey Cooperator’s 2011 Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo is preparing to welcome the Garden State’s property managers, board members and unit owners to an event that is fast  becoming the region’s premier trade show for community associat…

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Owner Relations
2011 February Duty vs. Neighbors

 Getting elected to the board of one's co-op or condo building is usually a very  positive thing: it gives a person the chance to play a part in the preservation  of their community, and also gives them the opportunity to leave it in bette…

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Owner Relations
2011 February How to Get Heard

As a condo owner, you’ve got a gripe. Whether it’s about Mrs. Smith’s poodle barking all day, the neighbor’s teenaged son, who blasts his heavy metal music full-volume when his parents aren’t home, or a long-coveted parking space that ha…

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Maintenance
2011 February Snow on the Roof

 The winter months bring us a more heightened awareness of what a major snowstorm  can do to our commute to school or work and, our voicemails if we are a  property manager. However, with the heavy snow comes a very real potential for stru…

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Owner Relations
2011 February Handling Home Based Businesses

 According to U.S. Small Business Administration statistics, over half of all  small businesses begun in the last decade have been home-based—that's more than 24 million in real numbers—with a new home-based business being launched every 1…

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Owner Relations
2011 February Pets Allowed?

Even as condos and co-ops around the Northeast have loosened pet restrictions to increase marketability during the recession, not all New Jersey buildings and HOAs have jumped on the bandwagon. Co-ops, most of which do not hav…

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Management
2011 February Managing People

 The responsibilities of property managers include a wide array of tasks, from  the physical to the administrative. While many of these jobs involve concrete  things—like sending out monthly bills, filing paperwork, or going to meetings—eq…

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Board Operations
2011 February Getting Out the Vote

While the election format in a condominium community is pretty much the same as for any other club or organization, property managers and board members are looking to make the process easier and increase unit owner participation. Unit …

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Q&A
2011 February Q&A: Creating a Condo Association

Q I live in Newark and I just bought a two-family home in a condo. However, when the developer built these, he was the actual association and then along the years with all the mortgage defaults, things got a little off and the condo has…

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Q&A
2011 February Q&A: Freedom of Information?

Q Recently our board gave us a financial statement that, in my opinion, simply didn't add up. A friend of mine went to the town and school district to get the proper numbers and we found out that we were “not” given the correct infor…

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